Colombian sprinter and purple points jersey holder Fernando Gaviria, added Thursday’s stage victory to his Stage 3 and 5 wins to give him the hat trick. Tom Dumoulin kept safe in the pink jersey.
— Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) May 18, 2017
The riders faced the longest stage of the 100th edition, heading northwest from Forli. There were Cat. 2 and Cat. 3 climbs in the first half of 229-km. The final 55-km were dead flat.
— Cannondale-Drapac (@Ride_Argyle) May 18, 2017
Simon Geschke, part of Tom Dumoulin’s Sunweb squad, faced a challenge very early in the day when the team bus left for the start without him.
— Simon Geschke (@simongeschke) May 18, 2017
A profile like Thursday’s wasn’t going to draw too big of a breakaway, and only three bothered to fly their team flags. Sergey Firsanov (Russia/Gazprom) took the maximum KOM points on the Cat. 2 and Mirco Maestri (Italy/Bardiani) did the same on the Cat. 3, but the real battle was behind them in the peloton where Wednesday’s winner Omar Fraile beat out Stage 4 winner Jan Polanc for the Cat. 2’s remaining points to take over the blue mountains jersey.
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 18, 2017
The race rolled along the Autostrade highway as the trio pulled out a little larger gap. But with 50-km to go, the lead was 3:20, plenty of time to make the capture. With the peloton closing in, Maestri did a flyer in the final 14-km. Lotto Soudal, Bora-Hansgrohe, Quick-Step Floors and Orica-Scott had been sharing the work in the peloton, but Orica did the labour to lasso Maestri with 7-km remaining.
— Canadian Cycling Mag (@CanadianCycling) May 18, 2017
Bora snatched the reins. Lotto-Soudal moved up on the right. Quick Step pulled back a late attack from Albanian Eugert Zhupa and, with lead-out man Max Richeze having caught back up with the field, launched Gaviria to the win.
Friday’s Stage 13 is pan flat, with nary a ripple. Most of the sprinters will be packing up and going home afterwards.
2017 Giro d’Italia Stage 12
1) Fernando Gaviria (Colombia/Quick Step) 5:18:55
2) Jakob Marckzko (Italy/Willier-Trestina) s.t.
3) Sam Bennett (Ireland/Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
2017 Giro d’Italia GC
1) Tom Dumoulin (The Netherlands/Sunweb) 52:41:08
2) Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) +2:23
3) Bauke Mollema (The Netherlands/Trek-Segafredo) +2:38